Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Rich kids get the internet – poor kids don’t Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

A survey of schools has exposed a yawning gap in home internet access for school students in rich and poor New Zealand families. The survey found that at one in six of the country’s poorest schools, less than a quarter of students had access to internet at home. Read more Related Posts:66,888 students in Catholic Read more

Artificial intelligence a technology in search of a guiding philosophy – Kissinger Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Artificial intelligence

Henry Kissinger, ‘historian and occasional practising statesman,’ has flagged concerns about the effect digital technology is having on humanity. He says “for all its achievements, it runs the risk of turning on itself as its impositions overwhelm its conveniences. “Beyond factual questions (“What is the temperature outside?”), questions about the nature of reality or the Read more

Online Masses help housebound retain a sense of belonging. Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

In the last few years, many of my home communicants have found a great deal of comfort, encouragement and sustenance in quite a recent phenomenon: the growth of live Masses available on the internet Read More Related Posts:Fewer Masses in Invercargill ahead of mergerSoul-MakingNativity Day: the deeper meaning of ChristmasBuilding community bonds in Dunedin South

The saint you pray to before you log on to the internet Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Saint Isidore of Seville is the patron saint of the internet. Why would St John Paul choose this man who died in 636 and who has never been formally canonised as a saint for this role? Continue reading Related Posts:Saint Mother Teresa named as Kolkata’s patronMost people get St Patrick’s Day wrongQuiz: Who said it Read more

Big brother is here, his name is Facebook Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Big brother is here

In his book 1984, George Orwell detailed a dystopian world wherein a person or persona called “Big Brother” saw everything that people did and where the central government pushed its agenda through propaganda, spying, monitoring, and thought controls. That book was published in 1949. It is now 2017, and while we do not exactly have Read more

The death of reading is threatening the soul Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
death of reading

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a Read more

Extreme internet use linked to mental illness in teens Comments 0

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

More than one-third of 15-year-old children in the UK could be classified as ‘extreme internet users’, or those who are online for more than six hours daily outside of school. A report from UK think-tank Education Policy Institute (EPI) states that children in the UK have a higher rate of extreme usage (37.8 percent of all UK Read more

Archbishop Chong urges school teachers to use visual media Comments 0

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
visual

The archbishop of Suva,  Peter Chong, has called on Catholic teachers to be creative in their teaching skills so students can enjoy learning. He said  one of the effective ways to teach children today was to make use of visual media. “That is the culture we are living today. The children of today are ‘screen Read more

The online culture of wrath Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Not long ago Time magazine ran a cover story about Internet trolling with the alarming but not inaccurate cover blurb “We’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate.” Trolling and other antisocial behaviors are widespread online. They can even be found in devout Catholic circles, though outright trollery and the “culture of hate” are Read more

Condolence in a digital age Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

How do we comfort others in this digital age? Is a text message or emoji enough? When, pray tell, should we actually use the phone to call? Or…talk face-to-face?! A recent NY Times commentary, “The Art of Condolence” by author Bruce Feiler, wades into these choppy waters of shifting cultural expectations. Penned after Feiler’s own mighty Read more